Scott Listfield (b. 1976, Boston, MA) is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott studied art at Dartmouth College, for which his parents have finally forgiven him. After some time spent abroad, Scott returned to America where, a little bit before the year 2001, he began painting astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs. Scott has been profiled in Wired Magazine, the Boston Globe, and on WBZ-TV Boston. His work has also appeared in New American Paintings and Surface Magazine. In 2010 he was named a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant finalist, and was the official artist of 2011 Boston First Night. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, and many other nice places.
Rita is an independent production company founded by Max Karli & Pauline Gygax in 2003, based in Geneva. Since then, Rita has produced documentaries and features for the international/ european market. Rita has recently coproduced Xavier Beauvois’s “Rançon de la Gloire” with Benoît Poelvoorde & Roschdy Zem (with Why Not & les Films du Fleuve). In 2014, Rita released Lionel Baier’s “Les Grandes Ondes” with Michel Vuillermoz & Valérie Donzelli (with les Films Pelléas) and Abdellah Taïa’s “Armee du Salut” (with les Films de Pierre & les Films Pelléas), selected in venice and toronto in 2013. Rita is now in postproduction of “Ma vie de Courgette” (My life as a Zucchini) animation movie by Claude Barras written by Céline Sciamma, planned to be released in autumn 2016.
Klaus Doldinger (born 12 May 1936) is a German saxophonist, especially well known for jazz and as a composer of film music. He was the recipient of 1997's Bavarian Film Awards.
Doldinger was born in Berlin, and entered a Düsseldorf conservatory in 1947, originally studying piano and then clarinet, graduating in 1957. In his student years, Doldinger gained professional performing experience, starting in 1953 in the German Dixieland band The Feetwarmers, and recording with them in 1955. Later that year he founded Oscar's Trio, modeled on Oscar Peterson's work. During the 1960s he worked as a tenor saxophonist, working with visiting American jazz musicians and recording in his own right. Doldinger is perhaps best known for his film scores to the acclaimed German U-boat film Das Boot (1981) and later The NeverEnding Story (1984). Doldinger married Inge Beck in 1960; they have three children, Viola, Melanie and Nicolas Doldinger. Since 1968 they have resided in Icking, a small Bavarian village, south of Munich. Doldinger's jazz band Passport (2008) Doldinger's recurring jazz project Passport, started in 1971 (then called "Klaus Doldinger's Passport"), still enjoys huge success in Germany. In its influence it was sometimes called the European version of Weather Report. At various times members of Passport included Peter O'Mara (guitar), Roberto DiGioia (keyboards), Patrick Scales (bass, since 1994), Ernst Stroer (de:Ernst Ströer) (percussion, since 1989), Christian Lettner (drums, since 2000), Michael Hornek (keyboard since 2009), Biboul Darouiche (percussion, since 1995) and others. Guests include Brian Auger (1973), Johnny Griffin (1973) and Pete York (1973). The first true Passport album had strong ties to Amon Düül II containing contributions from Olaf Kübler, Lothar Meid and Jimmy Jackson, it remains an off-the-radar Krautrock essential
Founded in 1986, Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The park’s existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment.
Founded by Alex Alvarez in 2000, The Gnomon Workshop launched as a means to share professional techniques with artists unable to attend the on-campus courses offered at Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation in Los Angeles, California. The Gnomon Workshop’s mission is – and always has been – to provide the highest caliber training that both educates and inspires, to help artists achieve their personal goals. Over the past 16 years, The Gnomon Workshop library has grown to offer instruction from hundreds of professional artists covering a diverse range of tools, software, and media. Whether you’re looking for design tutorials, want to improve your drawing, learn sculpture techniques, expand your painting abilities, or gain new modeling, texturing, animation, effects and compositing skills, the library has an extensive collection of content to suit artists of all disciplines. All tutorials are by top industry talents who are primed to educate the next generation of artists. Users range from high-school students who are first discovering career opportunities in the entertainment industry, through to seasoned professionals with decades of experience. Studio licenses are also available to enable entire teams to keep their skills in top shape. Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation and The Gnomon Workshop facilities comprise of over 30,000 square feet of classrooms, studios, lounges, labs, offices and production space. Together, the companies have educated many of the world’s best digital artists through a variety of educational options, including full-time two- and three-year programs, specialized courses for high school students, over 100 individual courses for professional enrichment, plus The Gnomon Workshop training library.
The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization, established by fans in 2007, to serve the interests of fans by providing access to and preserving the history of fanworks and fan culture in its myriad forms.
The Archive of Our Own offers a noncommercial and nonprofit central hosting place for fanworks using open-source archiving software.
Like many of us, Blank William grew up a fan of the Star Wars series. Now, he has used his passion and talent as a designer to create a new variety of Stormtroopers—ones with animal features. His feral, futuristic battalion consists of two series, The New Order: White and The New Order: Black. Currently, there are elephant, rhino, and hippo designs, and William has brilliantly meshed the animals’ physical features with the soldiers’ glossy plastoid armor, dark eyes, and ventilation details. Each one is accentuated with gold or silver, giving them a slightly more lethal and formidable appearance. William’s work seems to be playing off the expressionless and ruthless appearance of the original Stormtroopers.
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PremiumBeat.com is a curated royalty free music website that provides exclusive, high-quality tracks and sound effects for use in new and traditional media projects, including videos, films, apps, games, and television programming.
Character's Unlimited, Inc. has hundreds of characters for you to choose from, including animated or static people, birds, animals, monsters, etc. Custom work is also available.
Character's Unlimited, Inc.'s life-sized, mechanically animated, talking characters have voice-activated jaws. Use your own recorded message or carry on a candid conversation with customers or guests using a wireless microphone. Movements such as eye, head, arm and breathing may also be added. Character's Unlimited, Inc. also has over 140 faces from which to choose.
The Waterphone was invented and is patented by Richard Waters (pat.#3896696). Each instrument is unique and made to order. Richard personally makes, tunes, signs and dates each Waterphone. The sound of the Waterphone has been compared to the haunting melodies of the Humpback Whale and voices from inner/outer space. Waterphones have been described as acoustic synthesizers, Waterharps, a musical "Aladdin's Lamp", and "Whalephones". Waterphones are in fact stainless steel and bronze monolithic, one-of-a-kind, acoustic, tonal-friction instruments that utilize water in the interior of their resonators to bend tones and create water echos. In the world family of musical instruments, the Waterphone is between a Tibetian Water Drum, an African Kalimba (thumb piano) and a 16th century Peg or Nail Violin. Each Waterphone is custom made using a hot metal process developed over the past 40 years. The tonal rods are tuned to a combination of micro-tonal and diatonic relationships presented in two distinct but intergrated scales having both even and uneven increments.
The Floppotron is a complex devices that uses the musical power of 64 floppy drives, 8 hard drives, and 2 scanners to create pretty much any song you can think of.
Paweł Zadrożniak from Poland has taken it to the next level with his mad creation, The Floppotron 2.0. Using sixty-four floppy drives, eight hard disks and two scanners, he has built a computer hardware orchestra and has now recorded a number of musical pieces for the world to enjoy.
With a movie history that goes back to the 1980's, who would think that Tom Hanks would have so many peeing scenes in his career? From the casual bathroom break, to the most hurried of bathroom emergencies, Tom Hanks has acted it, and has done a very... convincing job too. Who knows, maybe these scenes aren't acting after all! Either way, Ranker was very surprised to find out that Tom Hanks can be found peeing in over 14 of his movies -- So, join us as we take a PEE-k into the many bathroom scenes of Tom Hanks!
CS Lewis once said “How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been”. This was the primary thought behind the series Monsters and Marilyns. Throughout history Fascists, Communists, Marxists, and Socialists have murdered and oppressed those who were under their rule, yet popular culture and propaganda have tried to make these monsters into heros and icons. Twisting peoples memories and brainwashing them into an Orwellian nightmare. Andy Warhol’s silkscreen painting of Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic painting of the Pop Art Movement. Not many people know that the painting was meant to show the mask of popularity that a celebrity wears. On the outside there were different shades of happiness, but under all the paint and smiles there was something darker: depression, drug use, and suicide. Jesse took this idea and reinterpreted it to speak truth into our popular culture. The hair and make-up from the “Marilyn Monroe” painting is placed on politicians, dictators, public officials, as well as old horror movie monsters that are liars, murderers, and tyrants. By doing this the statement is made that no matter how much popular culture or the mass media tries to dress up and beautify these people, they are still monsters. Saddam Hussein, Barack Obama, Frankenstein, Dracula, Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pin Head, Leather Face, Barney Frank, Chairmen Mao, the Bride of Frankenstein, Hitler, Hannibal Lector, and Jesse Jackson are only some of the people that Jesse have Marilynized.
Cinema Makeup School was founded in 1993 by a professional makeup artist seeking to create a more comprehensive makeup artist school that offered up-to-date education to aspiring makeup and special effects technicians. At the time, there were very few dedicated makeup schools in Los Angeles, and many of those that existed offered training that was either outdated or out-of-step with the needs of the entertainment industry. Most of the industry’s training—especially in the special effects world—happened informally through apprenticeships and internships that were often unpaid, unadvertised and all-but-inaccessible to people without insider connections and financial means. At the same time, the explosion of special effects-driven blockbuster movies (that had been going on, unabated, since the late ‘70s) created unprecedented public awareness of, and interest in, special effects. With so few doorways to the industry and so many interested young people, someone needed to bridge that gap. The school opened its doors in a modest facility in the heart of L.A. and got to work teaching students. The plan was simple: offer shorter, more concentrated classes; keep all instruction up-to-date with the latest professional methods and standards; and attract top working artists to teach at the school. It worked.
Broadway was the movie capital of the world in the pre-talkie era. During the Jazz Age, the neon stretch of the Broadway Theater District rivaled its New York namesake — a strip where a dozen temples of cinema played host to screen starlets and matinee kings, and film royalty premiered their latest reels nightly to audiences of thousands. It’s where, in 1927, a group of visionary iconoclasts from Hollywood’s Golden Age erected the home of United Artists, the film studio whose acumen and rebellious ingenuity helped to reshape the American cinematic landscape. United Artists studio and theater was the vision of silent movie starlet Mary Pickford, who — together with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and DW Griffith — dreamt of forming an independent production house outside of the established Hollywood studio system. With the help of architect C. Howard Crane and Los Angeles architectural firm Walker & Eisen, the group erected the United Artists Theater and its adjacent tower — the tallest building in all of Los Angeles upon its completion. Though it changed hands frequently over the following decades, the United Artists Theater stayed active as an arts venue until 1989, including a long stint as a Spanish-language movie house, and later as the broadcast site for televangelist Dr. Gene Scott. Following a meticulous restoration of the then-vacant movie palace, Ace cut the ribbon on The Theatre at Ace Hotel in February of 2014 — and we've been doing our best to honor the maverick spirit of its founders ever since.
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